Forty-five Years

We’ve been recalling

our sadness when we read,

in newspapers a day later,

of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien

forty-five years ago today.



A few weeks ago we read on the Tolkien Society’s Facebook page of a new ‘special J.R.R. Tolkien edition’ of Newsweek magazine, obviously to coincide with the publication of The Fall of Gondolin on 30 August.


A Hole in the Ground

Every now and then a Tolkien enthusiast decides to construct, or have constructed, an actual hobbit-hole – or at least something along those lines.


Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

By all reports, the Tolkien exhibition at the Weston Library of the Bodleian in Oxford, which runs until 28 October, has been consistently well attended.


New Books

Yesterday’s post brought the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition of The Fall of Gondolin and the HarperCollins paperback of The Story of Kullervo.


Tolkien’s Spanish Connection

We’ve just written a review of a useful book by José Manuel Ferrández Bru, “Uncle Curro”: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Spanish Connection.

The ‘connection’ is Father Francis Xavier Morgan, the Catholic priest who acted as guardian to Ronald and Hilary Tolkien after the death of their mother in 1904.